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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 8, 2009 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eighties

Breathe easy, my friend. All is well ;-)

I was sincere about my 80's question my favorite Dead year is 1977 by a LONG shot, but I still recognize there are fine shows to be found in any era (save '93-95) I was just pointing out that if you're looking specifically for an 80's show, I would delve into 1981 first and etc. etc., as I mentioned.

To me, the "golden road" of the Dead's peak years is still 1972-1977.

Next best: 1978-1983, followed by 1989-90, and then 1984 solo.

My pick for worst stretches is 1985-88, and of course '93-95.

Your preferred years of 1966-1970 or so--to me--fall in about the same realm as '78-'83....they probably were a better band in terms of energy in those early years, but I prefer the later 'sound" of the 70's as opposed to that distinctive acid-rock sound of the late 60's (of course, Pig was a huge plus in those years and his contribution can't be glossed over...he was one of a kind.)

As for the recovery, slow but steady. I'm impatient...gotta remember my body's been thru a big trauma and it's been less then 4 weeks since surgery so i have to try to remain patient (easier said than done!)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 8, 2009 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eighties

I know the feeling on the "patience/patient" front! Assume you lined up some good books, and of course, good music for the down time...and be sure to start back slow and steady with rehab/resumption of exercise and the like; don't overdo it, as will be your inclination I am sure...I have always discovered a second or even third "weak link" when recovering from one injury/surg procedure (ie, post knee, the back acts up; post back, the hip; do I sound as old as I feel?)...and, forgetting your age for the moment, take the advice of my orthopedic surgeon: "Tell, since your contract in that city league wasn't picked up for more than $100k, I think it's time to give up on basketball for your recreational excercise" (toughest thing a doctor ever told me to do...I was impressed that he joked about the contract biz knowing how much I wanted/needed to be able to play ball again).

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 8, 2009 3:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Eighties

"tell" me about it!

I played in a senior mens' baseball league 2 summers ago and had the time of my life (even tho' I could barely make it to first on a hard hit single to the outfield). Now I've got to wait at least a year before even thinking of trying that again.

Reading material has been a plus, though. I finally had the time to do something I always wanted to, which is to really actually read and finish one of the "classics", and to my delight, i have been totally enthralled with "The Idiot", by Dostoevsky. One of the greatest books I've ever read.

As for music, it's been a ton of JGB the new "Let it Rock" release.